Insidiousness of Fast, Easy Weight Loss

Recently I was surrounded by people who were all very excited about this one weight loss method. It’s one of those that requires that you eat a very strict diet, eating the foods sold by this particular company. Claims were made that most people lost an average of four to seven pounds a week if you were a woman.

There were other health claims that sounded good. I’ve tried a lot of diets. Those that work for me are those that I can stay on for a long period. Those diets usually have a further health benefit than just weight loss. Weight loss is nice, but it’s superficial. Health, for me is far more motivating.

I tried the diet. I felt awful the first two days. I was practically vomiting and I had headaches that were an 8 out of 10 on a pain scale of one to ten. I could hardly eat. I pushed myself through this thinking it was a detox. However no one else had such strong reactions. Everyone was telling me that it was sugar and hormonal, except that for months prior I had been loosing weight slowly on South Beach and had had white sugar only twice in the last three months. Additionally, because I tend to be somewhat intolerant of gluten I had had white flour only twice as well (cake in two occasions in celebration of my birthday). Mostly I had rice for carbs and one serving of fruit a day. Everything else was protein and vegetable matter. It was unlikely that everyone else was eating less sugar than I was.

After a week I was still sick so I moved off the diet. What I found interesting was that I had questions about the healthiness of the diet and continue to do so. Further I know that a quick weight loss diet isn’t the best thing for anyone but at the same time I was seduced by the idea that I could loose this weight FAST. In fact, upon going off the diet, I immediately gained back two of the pounds that I had lost–although I was still eating very little because I continued to be sick for nearly a week after stopping the diet.

I also had a woman in my yoga class come up and ask me about the diet because she was struggling to loose weight and thought this might be a good way to do it. This despite my sickness and many recommendations against such a strategy by our yoga teacher. I found it interesting that we all hope and grasp for that magic bullet to loose weight.

Anyone can fall for it. I think we all need to try those things we feel we need to try, but when all is said and done, if you don’t feel great during the time you are eating the food, it’s not right for you. I’m not sure there is any diet or lifestyle change that is worth it if you don’t feel good on it.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

2 thoughts on “Insidiousness of Fast, Easy Weight Loss”

  1. Ay de mi! Losing weight that fast just can’t be too healthy. That the kind of weight loss that comes from illness. But oh we all want to do it, eh? Even though in the end it never really works. Our bodies just aren’t made to work that way except in extreme conditions.

    When I’m suddenly losing weight, it’s a clear sign that my bipolar is out of whack and making my body use up resources too fast. I drop a pound a day then. People envy me that, somehow seeming to miss that bipolar mania can take a big toll on my life, not to mention the unhealthy sudden weight loss. Of course, as soon as I get past that unhealthy point, it comes back about as fast as it went. All with no change in diet.

    Eating the right amount of the right foods for our bodies is the only thing that works in the long run. But who can tell us that? hehe We want to be thinner so much. Probably the best thing for losing weight is to eat as well as we can at the moment, and put our energy into working on sorting the energies and issues that keep us continuing to eat things that keep us fatter by not working well for our bodies. My six cents worth anyways 🙂

    And I’m glad to see you over here, Bonnie!

  2. Thanks for the comment! I think I got it just before Georgia decided to leave so didn’t get back over here in a timely fashion. The bipolar is an interesting thing. Energetically the manic side does have a higher metabolism and is more about “fire” and “heat” in your body–both of which need more energy (hence the weight loss for no apparent reason). On the other side, when you start gaining weight–perhaps a bit faster, that’s because your metabolism is on the colder side and things tend to sit and get swampy (ie fat).

    You are right–everyone wants that fast weight loss no matter what the cost! I find that so interesting to watch in the office, how many of our patients who are close to a good weight are using this diet to loose a few more pounds!

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